I decided that for the 5th day of my 30 Days of Beverages, our overworked livers could use a day of reprieve...a little break...a little time to gear up for what's coming next. So, today's drink is one the whole family can enjoy! A rated G beverage, what more could you ask for? What? What's that you say? You say today is cocktail day? Well, for those who still want a little sumpin', sumpin' in your beverage, I'll give you a twist at the end....so hang in there a few more minutes!
I'm a fan of The Pioneer Woman and she recently launched a new site called Tasty Kitchen where readers can contribute recipes. Readers can comment and review recipes as well. I went surfing the site last night in search of today's treat. I found a recipe for Summer Sweet Raspberry Lemonade that sounded irresistible....so here it is!
I pureed some of these, but the frozen variety, with sugar and water....
Then I pushed the puree through a sieve to get rid of the raspberry seeds...
While that was dripping along...literally...
Look how incredibly smooth this sauce comes out - I will be making this portion of the recipe as a cheesecake topping, ice cream topping, brownie topping, etc soon!!!
I made a simple syrup (I wasn't going to post this photo because my pots are so old and ugly, but I guess that just shows you can make yummy stuff in old pots!)
I added the simple syrup to the raspberry sauce and some lemons I juiced (I decided to spare you from another day with a photo of a lemon being cut and juiced. You're welcome.) And I added the rest of the water.....and here's what I ended up with - Pure Bliss - and for those who really wanted a cocktail? Add a shot of vodka per 8 oz of lemonade and I think you'll be happy as a clam. =) Cheers!
For the Raspberry Sauce
6 oz frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
For the Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 cups cold water
1/4 cup Raspberry Sauce